The students will learn how the results of their scientific research can be turned into relevant innovations as an important part of their future career. On the one hand, the course will enable students to understand and to drive innovation processes in photonics companies. On the other hand, students will develop an entrepreneurial skill set for the independent economical exploitation of scientific ideas. Therefore, the course introduces the basic knowledge on innovation management, entrepreneurship, and intellectual property rights. To practice their skills, the students will also conduct their own photonics innovation project during the semester by working hands-on in small teams in the photonics makerspace Lichtwerkstatt. During this practical part, they acquire and apply a thorough knowledge of photonic rapid prototyping technologies (e.g., 3d-scanning and printing, laser cutting, microcontrollers, …) and the most important creativity methods and project management skills. To cover this range of topics, the course will be supported by guest lecturers from different sectors (academia, industry).
- Rapid prototyping technologies in photonics
- Innovation management and design thinking
- Hands-on/practical examples of photonics prototyping
- Entrepreneurial skills and business modelling
- Basics of intellectual property rights
Lectures combined with practical parts and lab